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Commerce Secretary Appoints Cog Railway Partner to Travel/Tourism Board

Susan Presby will represent travel industry interests on advisory board

Sue Presby U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker appointed Susan Presby of Littleton, NH to the Travel and Tourism Advisory Board, which will offer experience and expertise that will continue the vitality of this global industry.

"The travel and tourism industry supports millions of American jobs and is a major driver of our nation's economy," Pritzker said. "The Travel and Tourism Advisory Board offers important guidance and strategies that facilitate collaborative efforts between the public and private sectors to ensure that America remains an attractive destination for international visitors for years to come."

Presby is the sales director and a partner at the Mount Washington Cog Railway, the 147-year-old attraction at the base of its namesake mountain. For the past 20 years, she has developed national and international contacts that have elevated interest in the railway around the world.

"I am thrilled that a representative from New England was appointed to the U.S. Travel and Tourism Advisory Board," said Lori Harnois, executive director of Discover New England, an organization that promotes the region nationally and internationally. "Sue's business mindset, love for tourism, but most importantly her perspective from a rural area, will be a tremendous asset to the board. Sue's connection between the business she owns and the historical value of how tourism began within the United States will provide a good foundation for discussions."

Presby was a delegate for the 2015 US-China Tourism Leadership Summit and is a member of the Brand USA marketing committee. She has participated in international sales missions to Japan and Australia and other global markets, developing and promoting not only the Cog Railway, but other attractions in New Hampshire and New England.

As a member of the Travel and Tourism Advisory Board, Presby will offer advice that helps the government address emerging issues affecting the travel sector, prioritize travel and tourism policies that will stimulate growth, and solve industry-related problems. "Sue Presby will not only represent the State of New Hampshire, but the entire northeast, and I cannot think of a more qualified source of counsel." said Victoria Cimino, director of the New Hampshire Division of Travel and Tourism Development. Board members collaborate with other government agencies as part of the Tourism Policy Council, which advanced the development of the President's National Travel and Tourism Strategy. The board will continue its efforts to ensure strategy's goal of drawing 100 million international visitors to the United States by 2021 is achieved.

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